01-06 Navigating Revitalization and Heritage Work in Nordic American Music and Dance Communities

Thursday, November 02, 8:30 am–10:00 am
Directors Suite

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the Nordic-Baltic Folklore Section

Chair: Marcus Cederström (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

8:30 am
From the Printed Page to the Digital Age: Labor Songs and Poetry as Public Folklore
Marcus Cederström (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

9:00 am
Amplification Justification and Norwegian American Old-time Revitalization
Anna C. Rue (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

9:30 am
The Stoughton High School Norwegian Dancers at 70 Years: Tradition, Sustainability, and Public Folklore
Carrie Danielson (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

In this panel, we discuss how heritage intersects with revitalization and sustainability efforts and the role of folklorists in those efforts. Using a framework that suggests heritage is constantly changing and evolving to reflect the needs and values of a community, we examine three specific case studies of Nordic American music and dance: a tour of Swedish folk musicians performing Swedish American labor songs, a community-based music ensemble established by a university-funded musician-in-residence program, and a high school Nordic folk dance group. In doing so, we examine the roles that folklorists can and should play in community-led revitalization efforts.